Discover the exhibition “Picasso, blue and pink” at Orsay Museum
To both of us, Paris! In 1900, Picasso moved to our capital city with his close friend Casamegas. This was frankly no pleasure cruise: a year later, Casamegas committed suicide. Thus, began for Picasso his blue period, canvasses full of poor people and existential anxiety. It is said that he did not have the means to provide heating for himself – and the cold was reflected even in his paintings. Little by little, the blue turned to pink. Picasso painted masks, clowns, harlequins. When would this bohemian life end?
At the end of 1906, he started painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Picasso turned to cubism, and soon found glory. This fall, the Musée d’Orsay intends to take us back in time, to the period before Les demoiselles …, so that we may concentrate on the years 1900-1906 with the help of works previously unseen in our country, amongst which is the painting, La vie. This insight will help us understand why it was so important for the young growing artist to experiment with blue and pink … before all the lights turned green.
From 18th September to 6th January 2019
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur
La Mort de Casagemas, 1901
Huile sur toile, 27 x 35 cm
Paris, Musée national Picasso-Paris, inv. MP3
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau
© Succession Picasso 2018